The 2016 Kentucky Three-Day Event will take place April 28 – May 1, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Tickets sales for 2016 open November 2, 2015.
One of only six Four-Star Three-Day Events in the world, “Rolex Kentucky” is the only one held in the Western Hemisphere. It is a part of the FEI Classics Series, which unites the top four-star Eventing competitions from around the world. It also gives competitors a shot at the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, which is awarded to any rider who wins the Rolex Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley Four-Star Events in succession.
Olympic gold medalist and former World Champion Michael Jung (GER) won this year’s Kentucky Three-Day Event aboard the 10-year-old bay mare Fischerrocana FST, securing the top prize money of $100,000 and the coveted Rolex watch. Jung also took third place aboard his second horse, La Biosthetique Sam FBW behind second-placed Tim Price (NZL) on Wesko. More than 75,000 spectators came out to experience the 2015 competition.
Equestrian Events, Inc. has a long history of making financial contributions to charities that support local equine interests and serve the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The official charity of the 2015 Kentucky Three-Day Event was Horses and Hope, which works alongside the state’s equine industry to provide breast cancer awareness, education, screenings, and treatment referrals. Since the program was founded in 2008, Horses and Hope has reached nearly 1 million race track and horse show attendees, and educated nearly 16,000 equine employees. The program has screened nearly 700 workers and detected breast cancer in three individuals who have received treatment. For more information about Horses and Hope or how to donate to this very worthwhile charity, please visit www.horsesandhope.org.
Equestrian Events, Inc. is a non-profit charitable Kentucky corporation that was established initially to produce the 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the success of those championships, EEI established an annual event that evolved into the Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover.